By Rickey Miller
Tons of students met on March 26 to be a part of the epic Silent Disco event. The event, usually held on the parade grounds, was moved to John M. Parker Coliseum due to unpredictable weather; however that didn’t stop party. From 8 p.m. until near midnight, students were partying to their favorite jams.
Silent Disco, an event that has been going on for several years, is just one of the many events that the Student Activities Board puts on throughout the year. The board is made up of four major committees (music, pop fusion, trending topics, and late night) and has nearly 40 students members. Each committee is responsible for planning different types of events, with Silent Disco belonging to the music committee.
Associate Director of LSU Campus Life Margo Jolet said that Silent Disco draws inspiration from new trends in the way students enjoy music, like huge festivals.
“Silent Disco is something that was inspired by music festivals. Students are able experience a music festival setting here on campus,” Jolet said.
At the event, students were given personal headphones, in which he/she could choose between three different DJs playing different genres of music: hip-hop/rap, pop, or EDM. Once students put on their headphones, they were accompanied with customized lighting and were able to dance the night away. While many bystanders without headphones may look upon the event with curiosity or confusion, the idea behind the headphones is that students are able to create their own private musical experience.
Rashad Grace, Vice President of Public Relations for LSU’s Student Activities Board, explained that the Silent Disco event is one of the most popular events that the Student Activities Board hosts during the school year, and this year was no exception. Students from not only LSU but also other colleges and high schools came out to join in on the fun.
Among those students were high school senior Mallory Price and her sister, LSU sociology junior Heather Price. Mallory explains that she heard about the event during Spring Invitational held on campus and decided to grab her sister and check it out.
“This was my first time ever coming, I really enjoyed the concept behind the headphones – rather than being in a club where you are restricted to just the DJ’s style of music, you’re able to have a choice in the genre you want to hear,” Mallory said.
“All of the high school students that are planning to come to LSU [could] party with current students, making it a real club experience, and we hope that they make friends,” Jolet stated. She explained that the event was a great way for prospective students to connect with current students and hopefully get a sneak peek at what LSU’s college experience is really like.
When asked their favorite artists or songs of the night, the Price sisters both eagerly answered, “Drake!”
“We love anything with Drake so of course as soon as we heard his song, we were ready to get down,” they explained.
The Student Activities Board thanks all the students who came and made Silent Disco another successful event.
For more information on events such as this or how to become a part the team visit lsu.edu/departments/sab